USINPAC and Smart City Works hosts Urban planning delegation from India

Explore ventures on developing livable and resilient smart cities

This week, USINPAC hosted a business meeting at Center for Innovative Technology for visiting smart-city planners from India. The meeting was co-hosted by Smart City works, first of its kind business actuator and a premier business accelerator with a focus on the built environment aiming to dramatically change the way we design, build, and operate civil infrastructure. The meeting reviewed how communities, corporations can work with technological innovation to transform India’s urban areas and improve basic services, lower energy costs, while maintaining ecological balance.

The visiting delegation from India included entrepreneurs, government officials and industry experts; Ms. Namita Banka, CEO, Banka BioLoo, Mr. Srikanth Kireeti Katam, Independent Consultant, Mr. Naim Keruwala, Program Manager, Governance and Advocacy, Avantha Foundation, Mr. Sandeep Sarin, Deputy Director, Confederation of Indian Industry, Mr. Maheep Singh Thapar, Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Adapt Technologies and Consultancy Services, Ms. Jyoti Krishnkant Unadkat, Senior Contributor, and eminent Indian Americans from the area.

Topics that were explored included working with local and regional governments; to plan and provide equitable access to vital infrastructure such as water, electricity, and sanitation while encouraging growth and investment, to develop basic infrastructure including water, electricity, sewage treatment, and solid waste management, for personal and community health and safety, that would trigger economic growth and investments in urban areas, encourage sustainable practices such as smart building technologies, lower cost energy and transportation options, safe and people friendly greenway developments and collaborate with international partners, corporate leadership, and clean technology in urban spaces.

Sanjay Puri, Chairman, US India Political Action Committee, welcoming the delegation said, “India has some of the most crowded cities in the world. Cities attract migrants because of better work opportunities but urban spaces need to be livable and sustainable. USINPAC has a tremendous opportunity under PM Modi’s ‘smart city initiative’ to provide a platform to transfer technology and expertise to make good on this promise.”

Telit Boosts Presence in India with Major R&D Center in Bangalore

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), is expanding its presence in India with a substantial R&D center in Bangalore. With the recent acquisition of Silicon Valley-based GainSpan Corporation, a wireless connectivity solution provider specializing in design and development of ultra-low power Wi-Fi technology, Telit gained about 60 software development, application and support engineers in one of India’s top high-tech regions.

The new Telit R&D center will continue working on Wi-Fi technologies for battery-powered devices along with related intellectual property (IP) in embedded software, including network stacks and application reference designs. Efforts from the Bangalore team have resulted in state-of-the-art developments in Wi-Fi and advanced security protocols, reflected in key patents that have influenced Wi-Fi industry standards. Wi-Fi is a desirable technology for IoT applications and the arrival of ultra-low-power options opens the door to a vast market of battery-powered application areas that have been protracted to date.

ABI Research forecasts the global wireless connectivity market, excluding cellular, to reach more than 10 billion annual integrated circuit shipments by 2021, with 47% of devices enabled by Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi will see its most significant growth in IoT verticals, such as wearables, automotive, the smart home, and other nascent IoT verticals that demand low power. With the new Bangalore R&D center, Telit bolsters its foothold in India and augments talent and capabilities critical to maintaining its innovation leadership edge. The strategic move will enable Telit customers to benefit from an extensive end-to-end IoT solutions portfolio, now addressing the growing market of battery-powered devices that rely on Wi-Fi and other low-power technologies.

“With the new Bangalore R&D center, we look forward to working closely with our solution partners to help our customers leverage the power of an IoT solutions portfolio that now addresses the full gamut of technologies for the growing market of battery-powered devices, including Wi-Fi, BLE and other low-power technologies,” said Ashish Gulati, Country Head, Telit India. “Access to the existing GainSpan talent at the Bangalore facility brings Telit into a leadership position in technology development capabilities. The resulting combined R&D strength helps us to deliver even more comprehensive solutions to our target segments and customers.”

The recent acquisition of GainSpan strengthens the company’s “sensor-to-cloud” solution proposition and positions Telit to better exploit new short range opportunities leveraging existing products including cellular, BT/BLE, GNSS modules; IoT connectivity and platform services. The integration of the unique variety of low-power Wi-Fi technology from GainSpan, with low standby current and fast wake-up time into the Telit portfolio enables customers to extend the battery life of their devices for years. Additionally, customer devices can be designed with a simple and inexpensive MCU or without one at all, enabling increased sales to existing customers and the capture of customers in new segments.

Vodafone launches special caller tunes for speech and hearing impaired on International Disability Day

These caller tunes can be availed lifelong for free

On the occasion of the ‘International Disability Day’, Vodafone India, announced the launch of special caller tunes for the speech and hearing impaired. These caller tunes can be availed lifelong for free.

The challenge speech and hearing impaired users often face is that when they order any service like a fleet cab or a parcel from e-shopping platforms, the driver/courier by default calls their phone to inform them of his arrival, which they are unable to respond to, thereby missing out on accessing several such services currently.

These specially developed caller tunes provide a simple solution to this very practical and routine challenge. By downloading and activating either of the 2 special caller tunes, anyone calling them will be requested to send a message via SMS or Whatsapp, which they can see and respond to.

To activate these caller tunes, just SMS:

· “CT 8894702” to 56789 – for English-Hindi-English Callertune
· “CT 8894716” to 56789 – for Hindi-English-Hindi Callertune

Speaking about this unique offering, P. Balaji, Director – Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR, Vodafone India, said “Vodafone is committed to leverage the potential and reach of mobile technology to drive inclusion and address developmental challenges in the society. The launch of these Caller tunes is the latest example of this endeavor. The Vodafone Foundation has diligently worked with our partner Enable India to create this simple solution to make the daily lives of our specially-abled customers convenient. This innovative idea is also a small gesture of our support to the Government’s Vision of Accessible India.

Vodafone India will be using its digital platforms to raise awareness about this initiative.

Withdraw cash from over 120,000 outlets across the country with Vodafone M-Pesa

Digitally load your M-Pesa wallet and withdraw cash from your nearest outlet

Vodafone India, committed to supporting the Government’s bold step to accelerate India’s progress into a less cash economy, today announced a unique cash out facility for its 8.4 million plus Vodafone M-Pesa customers who can withdraw cash using their digital wallet from any of the over 120,000 Vodafone M-Pesa outlets across the country, subject to availability.

Announcing this, Suresh Sethi, Business Head, Vodafone M-Pesa, said: “Vodafone M-Pesa customers do not need to stand in long queues outside ATMs and bank branches for cash. We have invested in building a nationwide network of over 120,000 M-Pesa outlets, equivalent to the numbers of bank branches in the country. Over 56% of these outlets are located in the rural India, enabling last mile disbursement in the hinterland. Our customers can visit any of these outlets and use the unique cash out feature of Vodafone M-Pesa to withdraw cash from their digital wallet at their convenience. Further, the Vodafone M-Pesa digital wallet too can be easily digitally loaded via credit or debit card or net banking. Additionally, the Vodafone M-Pesa wallet can also be used to shop online, pay bills and remit money to family and friends. Such comprehensive features, a nationwide distribution and service network and the unique cash out facility make Vodafone M-Pesa the ideal digital wallet for masses.”

To avail the cash withdrawal facility, customers need to carry an identity proof to their nearest Vodafone M-Pesa outlet from where they can withdraw money, subject to availability, in line with RBI guidelines.

As India’s largest banking correspondent, Vodafone M-Pesa leverages the reach of mobile technology, effectively bringing the bank to the mobile. In addition to enabling financial inclusion and offering the convenience of a digital wallet for easy transactions, its unique cash out feature makes it the ideal for all users, enabling them to digitise cash, remit it to family and friends, pay bills and/or withdraw it at their convenience,

To start using Vodafone M-Pesa, customers just need to download the Vodafone M-Pesa App. The App welcomes all M-Pesa users ((both Vodafone and non-Vodafone customers), intuitively and prompts existing users to Login and new users to register for M-Pesa. With the ‘M-Pesa App’, consumers can very conveniently recharge their mobile & DTH, pay their Post-paid, Electricity, Gas and Landline bills from their mobile with a click of few buttons. As a special gesture, the customers can load their wallets using, debit cards, credit cards and net banking free of cost.

Vodafone India Welcomes Government’s Continuing Initiatives to Enhance Ease of Doing Business and Support Telecom Sector Growth

Vodafone India has welcomed the recent Right of Way (RoW) rules issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT)

Thanking the Minister Shri Manoj Sinha and Secretary Shri J S Deepak for taking another progressive step to support the growth of the Indian telecom sector that also enhances the ease of doing business in the country, Mr. Sunil Sood, MD & CEO, Vodafone India, said, “The Prime Minister and the government have taken several pioneering initiatives towards actualising the vision of Digital India. In the telecom sector itself, during the last two and a half years, several progressive steps have been taken transforming India from spectrum scarce to a spectrum surplus nation.

Game-changers like EKYC using Aadhaar for on boarding customers and GST are being introduced. The ROW Rules 2016 so published are another major step towards making processes simple and progressing towards a stable and transparent policy regime. It will further contribute immensely towards improving ease of doing business, hasten roll out of networks, help attract more investments and enable a faster realisation of Digital India, which at Vodafone India, we are committed to.”

Vodafone India Begins Free Sim Upgrade In Punjab Circle


Commercial services on 4G to be launched soon in Punjab
Customers can upgrade to 4G Sims at their convenience at any Vodafone store, Vodafone Mini Store and 6000+ multi brand outlets across Punjab

As Vodafone India enters the final stages of bringing the world’s largest 4G network to Punjab, it announced today, the availability of 4G SIMs with an attractive data offer- 2GB of free 3G data on 4G enabled smartphones. The offer is applicable to all existing Vodafone customers who have a 4G enabled smartphone and opt for a 4G ready SIM. Vodafone 4G SIMs are available at all Vodafone Stores, Vodafone Mini Stores and 6000+ multi brand outlets located across the circle. Initially the 4G services will be launched in select towns of Punjab.

Pre-paid customers can enjoy the one time offer of 2GB 3G data for free, for a period of ten days while post-paid customers can avail the benefit for one bill cycle. Customers will need to use their 4G ready SIM on a 4G enabled handset only.

With the new a Vodafone SuperNet™ 4G SIM, customers will continue to enjoy uninterrupted mobile internet with an additional 2GB of free 3G data which will be added to the customers data balance within 48 hours of the SIM exchange.

To ensure a smooth and seamless exchange of 4G ready SIMs, these are being made available in advance of the commercial launch of Vodafone’s 4G services in Punjab. A formal announcement regarding the launch, which is expected soon, will be made in due course. To avail the 4G services, customers will need to use their 4G ready SIM in a 4G enabled handset.

Customers can walk into any nearby Vodafone Store, Vodafone Mini Store or 6000+ multi brand outlets across Punjab and get their 4G ready SIM free of cost with a hassle free exchange process. With the new 4G ready SIM, they will continue to enjoy uninterrupted mobile internet experience as per their existing plans and will be automatically upgraded to 4G as soon as the services are launched commercially in Punjab.

Announcing this, Rajat Avasthi, Business Head, Punjab, HP and J&K, Vodafone India, said, “Vodafone is one of the leading telecommunication services providers in Punjab and our 5 million+ customers in the region have a lot to look forward to. We have made 2GB of 3G DATA free for our customers to start experiencing the benefits be 4G and be ready to enjoy high speed mobile internet services as soon as these are launched commercially. We are excited and fully geared up to launch our 4G services on the superior 1800 MHz band in Punjab very soon.”

Vodafone has successfully tested its 4G services on its robust network architecture coupled with strong backup to support the expected volumes and speed requirements of its customers. In the past few months, Vodafone has invested significantly in modernizing its existing network, incorporating the latest advances in technology making it more resilient and energy efficient.

Customers can switch to a 4G ready SIM following these easy steps

1. Walk in to any nearby Vodafone Store, Vodafone Mini Store or multi brand outlet and place your request for 4G ready SIM
2. To activate the 4G SIM card, use your existing Vodafone number to SMS ‘SIMEX ’ to 55199 (this number will be available on the new SIM card/jacket given to you)
3. You will receive a response SMS from 55199 with partial SIM number entered
4. Please send the last 6 digits of the new SIM number to 55199 within 2 hours of receiving the SMS mentioned in the above step
5. You will receive a success SMS, post which your 4G ready SIM will be activated within 20 minutes.
6. Subsequently, replace your old SIM in the handset with the new 4G ready SIM and continue to enjoy un-interrupted Vodafone services.
7. You will enjoy benefits of high speed 4G services as soon as they are launched commercially in Punjab

In case customers face any issues with the SIM upgrade process, they can call 199 or seek assistance from our staff at any Vodafone retail store.

Vodafone has already launched its high speed 4G services in Kerala, Kolkata, Karnataka, Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal (ROB). Vodafone is in the process of rolling out Vodafone SuperNet™ 4G services across more circles, taking it to 2400 towns in 17 telecom circles.

Vodafone India Intensifies 4G Deployment

Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G to be available in 2,400 towns and across 8 more circles

Assam & North East, Maharashtra & Goa, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) and UP (W) to soon have the World’s largest 4G Network

Mumbai, November 10, 2016: Following the successful launch of its Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G services across nine circles, Vodafone India today announced that it will soon make available the world’s largest 4G network available in 2,400 towns and across 8 additional circles by March 2017.

Key circles of Assam & North East, Maharashtra & Goa, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) and UP (W) will shortly join Mumbai, Delhi & NCR, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, Gujarat, UP (East) and West Bengal in offering Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G services.

Announcing this next phase of 4G rollout, Sunil Sood, MD and CEO, Vodafone India said, “We are actively working to expand 4G coverage in our circles across the country to offer our hundreds of million customers world-class data experience. We have enhanced our 4G roll out plans following the spectrum auction in which we emerged as the biggest winners. Utilising this spectrum won, we will make available Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G services nationwide in 2400 towns and across 8 additional circles by the end of this fiscal instead of 1000 towns as announced earlier. Our investments in creating a modern and scalable network and partnering with leading global technology infrastructure service providers, is enabling aggressive network rollout in terms of pace and scale of deployment.”

Vodafone India had recently modernized and upgraded its entire network across the country to Vodafone SuperNet™, empowering customers to enjoy a superior network experience and remain confidently connected at all times.

Visitor attendance up by 9 percent on opening day: electronica India and productronica India 2016 offer spectrum of events to attendees

· Record number of trade visitors on opening day – 9 percent increase

· Inauguration by key dignitaries and representatives from government of India

· CEO Forum – Invest India inaugurated with presence of five Indian states

· Supporting programs: India PCB Tech, EmbedAsia and networking programs well received

Twin trade fairs for electronics industry, electronica India and productronica India received overwhelming response from industry stakeholders on the opening day. 2016 marks as a strong year with 425 exhibitors showcasing over 650 represented brands.

Messe München India today officially opened the 17th edition of their leading trade fairs, electronica India and productronica India, scheduled for 21 – 23 September 2016 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru, India. The trade fairs gather global and domestic exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials on one platform to explore latest technologies and new products. During the upcoming two days, visitors also have the opportunity to deliberate on key opportunities and challenges pertaining to electronic components, systems, applications and production technologies.

The inaugural ceremony of electronica India and productronica India took place on 21 September 2016, where the opening keynote was carried out by Shri. Gaurav Gupta, IAS, Commissioner, Industrial Development & Director of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Karnataka.

Electronics industry comes together

The occasion also marked the launch of the CEO Forum – Invest India. Some of the knowledge share and networking programs include EmbedAsia, IoT Conference, Buyer Seller Forum and Business to Government (B2G) Forum. Over 300one-to-one meetings were conducted with selected top buyers at the BuyerSeller Forum on the opening day. Five Indian states including Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha and Rajasthan participated in the CEO forum and discussed lucrative investment opportunities for domestic and international electronic manufacturing companies.

Messe München India and Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA) jointly organize ‘India PCB Tech’ to promote the PCB industry. The ‘India PCB Tech’ pavilion gives a platform to the PCB suppliers as they showcase new technologies and gather the who’s who of the PCB industry eco-system.

Praises from industry stakeholders and key dignitaries

“Business events such as electronica India offer us opportunities to understand market trends and competitive landscape, connecting us with new customers each year. The current economic outlook in India appears highly favorable for local manufacturing and we are happy to be one of the participants.”Mr. S. Palanivelan, Phoenix Contact (India) Pvt. Ltd.

“We have been participating every year at electronica India and have benefitted hugely from the exposure we received as a brand. Meeting new customers and entering new markets have been one of our key objectives we could achieve at the fair.” Mr. Vivek Sharma, MD-India, STMicroelectronics

“productronica India is the largest electronics trade fair connecting us with customers from across India. There is no better place for us than productronica India to promote our products.”Mr. KM Swaminathan, VP – Sales & Business Development, NMTronics India Pvt. Ltd.

“productronica India continues to be the best platform to present our products and interact with customers at one place in the shortest time. It helps us in branding our products and growing our market presence as an electronics manufacturing solution provider.”Mr. Praveen Madaan, Country Head SMT Division India, Juki India Pvt. Ltd.

Widespread support from the industry

The twin trade fairs are receiving whole-hearted support from government, state and trade bodies. Some of the supporting bodies includes: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), IPC India – Association Connecting Electronics Industries, Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), The Consortium of Electronic Industries in Karnataka (CLIK), SEMI- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International and German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association (ZVEI).

Organizer of electronica India and productronica India and CEO of Messe München India, Mr. Bhupinder Singh concludes, “electronica India and productronica India achieved an outstanding result on day one. I am confident that the momentum will continue and our exhibitors and visitors will benefit in the coming days as well.”

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ViaSat Opens New Research & Development Centre in Chennai, India

ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, today inaugurated its first Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Chennai, India. The new Centre advances ViaSat’s globalization efforts, strengthens its presence in India and enables the Company to tap into high-quality engineering talent to drive technology innovation.

The new ViaSat R&D Centre will have more than 30,000 square feet to accommodate nearly 125 engineers. By 2019, ViaSat expects to have more than 250 engineers in Chennai working on next-generation technologies.

The new Chennai R&D Centre will help ViaSat on its mission to connect the world with high-speed broadband internet. The news comes as India continues to transform into a digitally-empowered society under the government’s ‘Digital India’ and ‘Smart Cities’ programmes.

“India is a recognized technology innovation hub with highly-sought after engineering talent and business potential,” said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. “The new Centre in Chennai is a major step in building ViaSat’s footprint in Asia, making India important to our strategic globalization efforts, R&D acceleration initiatives and our ability to bring comprehensive, next-generation cloud, virtualization, networking and sophisticated network management applications to market.”

ViaSat is a world leader in broadband communications. In 2012, the Company launched ViaSat-1, the world’s highest-capacity satellite at the time of its launch, which earned it a Guinness World Records® title. ViaSat-1 is ViaSat’s first-generation satellite broadband platform. The Company plans to launch a ViaSat-2 satellite broadband platform in 2017, which will more than double the bandwidth and increase coverage seven-fold over the prior generation. Beginning in 2019, ViaSat will launch the first of three ViaSat-3 class satellite platforms. Each ViaSat-3 class satellite will offer 1,000 Gbps (or 1 Terabit per second) of network capacity, making each satellite equal to the total capacity of all commercial satellites in space today – combined. The first two satellites will focus on the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), respectively, with a third satellite system planned for the Asia Pacific region, completing ViaSat’s global service coverage.

“The investments made by ViaSat in the new Chennai R&D Centre represent a commitment towards accelerating our innovation efforts,” said Sathya Narayanaswamy, vice president and country manager, ViaSat India. “If Indian government policy allows, a ViaSat-3 class satellite could connect millions of Indians to broadband internet, potentially adding billions to India’s gross domestic product.”

Greenwood High students celebrate 12 years of preaching Yoga

Students at Greenwood High International School celebrated the second edition of International Yoga Day joining the rest of the world with rolled out yoga mats today. More than 3000 students began the day with a yoga practice organized at its campus at Varthur, Sarjapur Road.

“We have included Yoga, as a subject in our school curriculum for over a decade. We have special Yoga instructors who help the students practice yoga ritually. Yoga also holds the power to enhance discipline and concentration in children. It brings the mind, body and spirit together and helps reduce anxiety and muscle tension. Prior to board exams, Greenwood also conducts special yoga classes to improve the children’s concentration as well as to calm their exam fears. This is done through meditations and specific Asanas”, said Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High.


Greenwood High is a highly-reputed Day cum Residential International School in Bangalore, India established in 2004 offering IB, IGCSE and ICSE curriculum. We are the only International School in Bangalore to have received the honour of bagging 5 National awards and to be ISO 18001:2007 accredited with a “Safety and Health Management Systems Certificate”. Greenwood High stands out with complete nurturing care, emphasizing on the all round development of the student. The futuristic curriculum lays equal emphasis on academics and personality development. With over 3100 students Greenwood High not only focuses of educational “best practices”, but also thrives to provide total personality and intellectual development.

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